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Youth & Family Programs

For information about youth and family programs, contact Volunteer & Education Coordinator, Allison Speight, at 410-745-4941 or

Donations to the Annual Fund generously support the education, restoration, and exhibition programs of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.


Lighthouse Overnight Adventures in the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland.Lighthouse Overnight Adventures

Travel back in time to experience the life of a lighthouse keeper with hands-on, interactive activities. Participants receive a tour of the lighthouse, try on the clothes and duties of a traditional lighthouse keeper, hear stories about lighthouses from the past, play lighthouse-themed games and puzzles, swear the oath of an official Hooper Strait Light Keeper. Program is available Fridays & Saturdays April, May, June, September and October.



Summer Kids Club camp at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland.

Kids Club Chesapeake Summer Camp 

The Museum’s Kids Club Chesapeake Summer Camp is a half-day long, hands-on Bay-focused program for kids ages 4 to 9 where children learn about the Bay firsthand through activities, stories, games and crafts. The Kids Club program runs during the months of June, July and August. Scholarships are available.



Ches Adventures Program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland

ChesAdventures Program

Children ages 4-9 can fill their Saturdays with two hours of fun-filled and challenging hands-on games, arts and crafts, and storytelling at the Museum’s ChesAdventures Program.



CBMM 6th Grade Boat Building After School and Summer ProgramRising Tide Boatbuilding After-School & Summer Program

Rising Tide teaches Talbot County Middle School students basic boatbuilding skills in a welcoming, relaxed environment. The program inspires participants to develop a sense of self-confidence and pride, and facilitate mentorships that provide guidance and support during these crucial years of development. The program encourages students to be more prepared academically to achieve long-term success, whether on a college track or vocational emphasis, having gained skills in mathematics, engineering, team building, and project management.




Private sailing lessons are offered at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MarylandCBMM’s Private Sailing Lessons

Want to learn how to sail for the first time? Interested in improving some rusty sailing skills? Private sailing lessons are now available at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Offered by the hour or for the day, our instructors will teach you the basics or help to advance your sailing technique. Vessels will be provided by CBMM’s boat rental program, with both small wooden and fiberglass craft available. Families with children over the age of 8 are encouraged to attend.

Cost: private lessons are available for $50 per hour, or $300 for a full-day lesson from 10 AM- 4 PM. Advanced registration of 5 days required. Private lessons have a maximum of up to 4 participants per session.

For more information or to reserve a private lesson, contact Allison Speight at or 410-745-4941.

Family Activity backpacks are available for guests at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland. Family Activity Backpacks

Families with young children can now use an activity backpack for exploring the Museum. Designed for children 3-6 years old, activities in the backpacks include games, puzzles and props to encourage play and hands-on exploration within four of the museum’s exhibits, including the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse. The backpacks can be reserved at CBMM’s Welcome Center during a visit, and are offered free with the museum’s general two-day admission.